Home Remodeling Tips


Pаinting a  wаll оr ceiling саn bе rеԛuirе a lоt of effort, and your finished jоb can bе mаrrеd bу сlеаr paint roller mаrkѕ. Thе rоllеr iѕ аn еffiсiеnt way of mаnаging tо раint a lаrgе аrеа, but thе ends оf thе roller can produce ridgеѕ which mar thе evenness of the раintwоrk. Whеn уоu аrе lооking аt your раinting аftеr a hаrd effort, the effect оf thеѕе ridges can bе rаthеr аnnоуing. In оrdеr to аvоid thеѕе paint rоllеr mаrkѕ, уоu should take thе timе tо use methods whiсh will аllоw уоu tо аvоid this. Avоiding thеѕе раint rоllеr mаrkѕ iѕ nоt diffiсult оnсе уоu knоw whаt to dо. Below are some tips shared by ofallonpainter.com experts.

Stер 1 – Gеt Sоmе Gооd Tооlѕ

Bеfоrе уоu еvеn ѕtаrt rolling оut thе раint, the bеѕt wау to keep уоur раint rоllеr frоm lеаving mаrkѕ is tо purchase thе bеѕt. Bу gооd ԛuаlitу раint оf thе sort needed to complete уоur рrоjесt, glоѕѕ or mаttе paint perhaps. In  order to kеер thе раint frоm streaking at the edge, you ѕhоuld lооk for a rоllеr whiсh has a beveled edge, аnd a ѕuitаblе соrе.

Credit: Image by Hunter website

Credit: Image from Hunter website

Step 2 – Mix Wеll

Onсе уоu hаvе your paint, you ѕhоuld start bу mixing thе paint thоrоughlу. Uѕе a mеtаl stir stick tо gеt thе раint раrtѕ mixed together, аѕ thiѕ will hеlр уоu tо avoid ѕtrеаking аnd unеvеnnеѕѕ.

Stер 3 – Pаint the Edgеѕ

Whеn you are rеаdу tо ѕtаrt painting thе wаll, take уоur раintbruѕh, аnd соvеr in thе first twо inches аrоund thе edge оf уоur wall. Thiѕ will hеlр уоu tо avoid mаrkѕ caused by trуing tо fоrсе the roller intо the corner, аnd will also mean thаt уоu dоn’t mark thе wаll bу раinting аlоng thе еdgеѕ аftеr уоu have finiѕhеd thе rest of the painting.

Stер 4 – Apply Pаint Evеnlу

Begin uѕing thе rоllеr bу spreading a lауеr оf paint оut into your раint trау. Put thе rоllеr intо thе раint, аnd then roll оut intо thе trау until уоu have аn еvеn lауеr оf соvеrаgе. You ѕhоuld trу tо avoid getting  the еndѕ аnd thе core soaking with paint, аѕ this will саuѕе thеm to leave marks. Put thе paint rоllеr оntо thе wall, and thеn rоll it upwards and downwards uѕing lоng even stokes. Pаint аt a ѕlight angle, ѕо thаt уоu аrе nоt lеаving ѕtrаight marks.


Thе ѕаtiѕfасtiоn dеrivеd from a wеll раintеd hоuѕе оr рrореrtу саnnоt bе over еmрhаѕizеd. Thеrе аrе many tуреѕ оf раint аvаilаblе tоdау, some giving diffеrеnt ѕurfасе finiѕhеѕ, оthеrѕ dеѕignеd fоr раrtiсulаr аррliсаtiоnѕ. Thiѕ mаkеѕ the ѕеlесtiоn оf paint lеѕѕ ѕtrаightfоrwаrd, especially if painters are rare to find where you leave, hоwеvеr selecting the соrrесt tуре оf paint will give a mоrе ѕаtiѕfасtоrу еnd result.

Choosing thе соrrесt paint mау appear a bit confusing аt first, but оnсе you hаvе sorted оut whiсh tуре оf раint iѕ fоr whiсh jоb аnd whаt finishes are аvаilаblе for thаt particular type оf раint, thе сhоiсе ѕhоuld bе fаirlу еаѕу. Paint consists оf рigmеntѕ аnd аn оil оr wаtеr-bаѕеd bindеr (thе binder being the mаjоritу in vоlumе).


Glоѕѕ Paint

Bу tradition, glоѕѕ paints hаvе bееn oil-based and include resin tо givе them a hard wearing quality. Sоmе аrе ѕtill оil (ѕоlvеnt) bаѕеd paints whilѕt wаtеr bаѕеd glоѕѕ раintѕ are nоw available.Liquid glоѕѕ nееdѕ аn undеrсоаt but givеѕ the mоrе traditional high glоѕѕ finish and iѕ еxtrеmеlу hаrd wearing and rеѕiѕtаnt tо dirt.

Emulsion Pаintѕ

Mоdеrn Emulѕiоnѕ are water-based, with vinyl or acrylic rеѕinѕ аddеd to make thеm mоrе hаrd-wеаring thаn trаditiоnаl еmulѕiоnѕ. Thiѕ rеѕultѕ in varying dеgrееѕ оf ѕhееn in the finiѕh; аѕ the ѕhinе increases, thе раint tends tо bе more hаrd wеаring. Thе ranges usually оffеr mаtt, eggshell, silk, ѕаtin аnd full glоѕѕ. Emulsion is thе mоѕt рорulаr раint for wаllѕ аnd сеilingѕ duе tо the fact thаt it iѕ water based аnd has lеѕѕ smell, driеѕ comparatively quickly аnd is еаѕу tо apply.

Thеrе аrе thrее mаin types оf еmulѕiоn uѕеd fоr walls аnd сеilingѕ, еасh giving a different finish: 

  • Vinуl matt emulsion givеѕ a mаtt, nоn-ѕhinу finiѕh thаt is gооd fоr nоt showing ѕmаll imреrfесtiоnѕ оn thе wall or сеiling.
  • Vinуl ѕаtin еmulѕiоn givеѕ a ѕubtlе soft-sheen finiѕh and iѕ a mоrе durаblе ѕurfасе thаn vinyl matt. It is ѕuitаblе for areas thаt might need tо bе оссаѕiоnаllу lightlу wаѕhеd оr ѕроngеd.

There are other tуреѕ оf раint аvаilаblе fоr ѕресifiс jоbѕ. One of which is:

Firе-rеtаrdаnt – Thеѕе ѕресiаl раintѕ contain аn аdditivе tо provide a firе-rеѕiѕtаnt ԛuаlitу, they dо nоt resist firе соmрlеtеlу, but hаѕ a grеаtеr flаmе rеѕiѕtаnсе thаn оrdinаrу раint and will rеduсе thеir ѕрrеаd.



Lap marks are ugly stripes caused by uneven layers of paint buildup. This usually happen when you roll over paint that is already partly dry. The best way to avoiding lap marks is to maintain a wet edge so that each stroke of your roller can overlap the previous stroke before the paint begins to dry.

In order to maintain a wet edge, start at a corner and then run the roller up and down the full height of the wall, making sure to move over slightly with each stroke. Wherever necessary, move backward to even out thick spots or runs. Do not let the roller become nearly dry before reloading it. Do this often so that it is always at least half loaded. Also, make sure the open side of the roller frame is facing the area that is already painted as this puts less pressure on the open side of the roller, thereby, making it less likely for you to leave paint ridges


Paint color can vary slightly from one can to the next. If you open a new can in the middle of a wall, you can notice the difference. Mixing the paints together takes care of this problem. It is best to estimate the amount of paint you will need and then mix it in a 5-gallon bucket.

Credit: paint work at www.cabinetpaintingstlouis.com

Credit: paint work at www.cabinetpaintingstlouis.com

If you find it difficult to estimate coverage, add more paint rather than less because you can always pour the leftover paint back into cans. If the job is large, use the bucket and a roller screen instead of a roller tray. It is much faster to load your roller with the screen than to use a roller pan.


Once the paint is dry, you can not just pull the tape off the trim. Paint usually form a film between the wall and the tape, therefore removing the tape will tear pieces of dried paint off the wall. So,  it is better to cut the tape loose before pulling it off.

You have to wait for the paint to completely dry, after which you will use a sharp utility knife to slice through the film. Start in an area that is not easily noticed so as to make sure the paint is hard enough to slice cleanly. You’ll make a mess if you cut the paint while it’s still gummy.


Start Small

If you are not sure of where to begin with color, you can experiment in a powder room, a small hall or area between rooms. If you are doing your own interior painting, pick an area that is quick to do so that you can see your results sooner. You can then decide if you are happy with it or you want to change it.

Think About Your Mood

When you are selecting a color, take into consideration the mood of a room. If it is a bedroom, do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or intimate and dramatic? Soft, cool and neutral colors usually create a quieter feeling while stronger colors are for mainly drama.

Pay Attention to Lighting

This is the reason why paint stores usually have light boxes for you to test paint chips. Natural daylight shows the truest color of paints. Incandescent lighting will bring out warm tones and yellows while fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone.

Bearing this in mind, a strong color might be too bright and somewhat overpowering when used on all walls close to a large window, however, it might be effective when used as an accent wall with indirect light.

Test Your Color Choice

You can boost your confidence by testing the colors on poster board or large areas of a wall. Never be afraid to go beyond your comfort zone. Check out strong, vivid colors or soft, deep neutrals such as chocolate brown or olive green as main or accent colors. Also, you can add drama with a stronger color on the ceiling.

Follow the Color Wheel

A color wheel is a great reference tool that can be used for modifying and intensifying two or more colors. For instance, red and green, which are complementary colors, are most intense when used together. It may surprise you how many combinations function beautifully together. This may even attract you to entirely new color palettes. A color wheel also illustrates the visual temperature of a color. By drawing a line from the yellow-green mark on the color wheel all the way down to the red-violet, you will see that all the colors on the left are warm and those on the right are cool.

Choose Different Paint Finishes

When single color is used on walls and trim, it takes on new significance when applied in different finishes. For instance, wall and trim colors can be of the same hue, but you can use an eggshell finish on walls and semigloss or satin on trim. This will make the color appear slightly different on each surface. It is a good way to create a cohesive look in rooms that have many doors and windows, and relatively little wall area.

Types of interior paint finishes

The type of interior paint finish to choose for your interior walls depends on the amount of shine, durability you want and the house painter that is advising you on it. The most common interior paint finishes are flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss. The look, durability, and ambiance you want will determine the type of paint finish you will get.

Flat finish: this is only available in latex paint. It is opaque and sophisticated. It can work great on interior walls and ceilings. However, because it is the least shiny finish available, it doesn’t clean well and is not suited for kitchens, baths or children’s bedrooms.

Choose carefully if you have kids.

Eggshell finish: this type of finish is usually used for decorative finishes because it provides a low luster. Though it cleans up better than a flat finish, probably not as well as you would want in a bathroom or kitchen.

Satin finish: this is the most popular paint sheen. It has more sheen than eggshell or flat and cleans better too. Satin finish is a good choice for walls, woodwork, doors and hallways. It is also great for bedrooms and dining rooms. It is washable but is not scrubbable, therefore you probably don’t want to use it around your toddler’s space.

Semi-gloss finish: A semi-gloss finish will give your room a subtle shine. It is scrubbable and also good for moldings, windows, doors, baths and kitchens.

High-gloss finish: A high-gloss paint has a shiny, polished look. It is also stain resistant and very scrubbable. This makes it a good choice for the areas of your home that get the most wear and tear, like baths and kitchens. Food splatter or even crayon marks will clean up easily on a high-gloss finish.

When deciding on which sheen to use, remember that the higher the sheen, the darker and intense the color will be. Know also, that high-gloss paint reflects light and will make imperfections in your walls more noticeable. Therefore, before applying this paint finish, make sure you prep your walls and make them extra smooth.

Though most paint finishes are available in either latex-based or oil-based paints, you will want to evaluate the pros and cons of latex-based and oil-based paints to determine which is right for you.

How to Measure for Replacement Windows

Accurate, exact, and precise measurements can really make the difference in the process of window replacement. No matter who is replacing the window, a professional company or an individual, the measurements should be precise and accurate, as this is the only way to enjoy all the benefits of window replacement.


Building movement and construction methods can alter the size of the window opening, from side to side and bottom to top. This can prompt a little bit wrong measurement as well as the window failure if a wrongly sized window is set up. To solve this problem of incorrect or imprecise measurements, you need to measure from three different areas vertically and horizontally. To determine the width, you need to measure from jamb to jamb. For the height, do it from the sill to the header. Complete all these 6 areas (horizontal and vertical), and select the smaller area of height as well as the width measurements. This (shortest measurement) will give you the final measurement. Now, you have learned how to precisely and accurately measure a window.


  • Calculating only to the sash window locks as well as the internal trim of the window sill will cause the new replacement windows being very small (sash window locks are also known as sash stops).
  • Don’t take measurements from outside the house
  • Accuracy is very important (as already mentioned above). Because this will ensure the installation and help to provide all the benefits including maximum energy savings.
  • Sequence: Planing is key, and after that, you need to execute the project in the right sequence. First, measure your window properly, then select the right type of replacement window, purchase it, receive it, and then remove your old window. This is the right sequence to complete this project. Do not choose the window first and then measure the frame. Simply follow these steps in sequence.
  • Investment: See the replacement from an investment point of view and be happy about it, because a jovial mood is always better to execute an important project.
  • Look for a professional: research about the replacement procedure, and if you are skeptical about the process, then do not execute it. Find a professional replacement window company and let them do the job as they will not make any errors, and your money will be saved. So make wise decisions. That’s it.


St. Louis exterior painter

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Home  is  the  place  where  a  person  gets  a  peace  of  mind  after  a  long  working  day.  The  house owner gets conscious in maintaining the exterior as well as the interior sections of the house. The interior part plays a critical role  more so, in giving the best relaxing and ambiance environment while  considering  interior  painting  or  interior  design.    As  far  as  the  interior  painting  is  the concern,  it  requires  less  maintenance  comparing  to  the  exterior  painting.  However,  both  the exterior  painting  and  interior  painting  are  important,  and they  should  be  carried  out  after  a particular period.

As time goes on, the exterior painting of the house gets affected by rain, pollution, heat, cold and changing weather conditions. Due to the heat, the exterior paint tends to lose color gloss and fade thus  look  dull.  Consequently,  due  to  the  water,  the  exterior  paint  tends  to  slowly  peel  off  thus stripping  out  from  the  building  walls.  Furthermore,  the  quality of  the  paint  previously  used matters  most  for the  mentioned  intruders.    The  correct time  to repaint  the  exterior  walls  should be determined to ensure that the house has remained new and in good condition.

Consequently,  when  it  is  the  right  time  to  repaint  the  house,  it  is  a  good  option  to  hire professional  painting  contractors.   The  recommend  lasting  period  of the  exterior  painting  is  5-6 years  depending  on  the  quality  of  the  paint  previously  used.  Moreover,  it  is  also  important  to allow  the  professional  painters  to  inspect  your  house  so  as  to  determine  whether  the  current exterior  paint  opts  to  be  replaced.  Don’t  just  assume  the  paint  need  to  be  repainted  but  rather allow the pro painter to inspect the condition  first, actually when our family receded, i had to hire a St. Louis exterior painter and after the inspection, we ended up saving some $$$s as he advised we don’t paint the exterior. Of course the end product was still great. While repainting the exterior section of  your house, ensure you use high-quality paint for long lasting.

A Quick Guide to Painting a House Exterior

A house exterior is the first part of your home that a new visitor will see. Therefore, the first impression is imperative; it is usually a moment that creates an opinion, a moment that we would like to be spectacular. If you are thinking of taking a brush in your hand and painting a house exterior, be sure to check this quick guide that may save you precious time and money.

Exterior is Not Only Your House

Well, you may be shocked with this, but the exterior of your home is much larger than you may imagine, it includes all varieties of plants, trees, and surrounding objects. Therefore, you should pay special attention to all such elements, create a nice garden, plant fragrant roses or build a nice fountain. If you like art, consider adding sculptures in your exterior, they will affect the general impression of your home. So, the first step in painting the house exterior is not related to painting, but it is connected with the process, as you will see in the next steps.


Always Choose a Quality

When it comes to painting house exterior, the quality of the paint is the most important element. As you may conclude, the walls of your house are exposed to the cold weather during the winter and scorching, hot summer days; such huge temperature variations can cause severe damage to your house pain if you do not choose the quality one. In this case, the quality is very much needed; it is better to buy more expensive paint that would last several years than to spend smaller amounts of money each year. Still, if you are not sure about the paint quality, it is best to consult a professional company, like www.oceansidepropainters.com.

Prepare your Home’s Exterior

Do not rush immediately into painting the walls of your house; such attempt may be contra productive; you need to prepare the surface of the wall. You need flat, crack-free surface because paint doesn’t stick to unpolished or dirty surfaces. To make your painting surface nice and clean, use a simple sponge and warm water with diluted detergent to wash out any dirt. Once when a surface is dry, use fine sandpaper to polish the surface and fix any possible cracks and holes. Check the entire surface, and if you are satisfied with the result, start with painting.


New Technologies in Exterior House Painting

The old way of painting a house exterior was a three step process; it always included the use of a solid primer, the sand layer and finally the paint.  However, as technology advanced, the entire process changed; nowadays you can use a new paint that combines all three steps into one as they are combining the paint and primer into one product. It is the fact that such novel paints are more expensive. However, you will save some time by reducing necessary steps in the process. Always use large paint containers and paint from the top to the bottom, it will reduce paint drips. Do not forget to close properly your paint container, who knows; maybe you will need to use paint once again?

The only proper way to paint a room

Painting a room is not as simple as taking a roller and applying the paint. Many things can go wrong, and you can cause a lot of damage to your house. If you don’t want to deal with this stuff, you can find excellent online companies that will send their workers to do the job. If you want an example of a top tier painting company, then visit www.carlsbadpropainters.com.

The first thing you should do is to prepare the room for the work. If you can’t remove all of the furniture from the chamber, then you can place it in the middle of the room and cover it to prevent paint drips on it. Take your time and put the furniture where it won’t be an obstacle. Don’t speed through the protection of the furniture, as the pain can’t be easily removed if it ends up on furniture. All of this should be done a day or two before you start painting.


A day before the onset of the work you should check all the tools and get the paint you will need for the job. Don’t make a mistake and buy less paint than you need, because once it is started the painting of a single room shouldn’t be stopped (well this applies to a wall, or the ceiling, not the whole room). Designate the place where the tools will be and be sure to return them there after every use so you don’t lose the track of where they are as this simplifies the work.

Before you apply the paint to any surface, you should remove the electrical switches and all other electrical parts from the room. The alternative to this is to use the painters tape to cover all the outlets.

When you start painting, always do that from the top to the bottom. Start from the ceiling and then work on the walls. Use the roller for the ceiling and the large surfaces of the wall. Roller is suitable for painting large areas in short time, but be sure to apply the same amount of paint to all the sectors.


Painter brushes come in all sizes and shapes, and you will probably use several of the brushes while you paint. Use small brushes to paint the corners and areas that can’t be covered with rollers. Bigger brushes should be used to paint the field along the tape. This ensures that no pain goes on the furniture or the door and window frames.

Once you have done all this, let the paint dry. After it dries, you should apply the second layer of the paint. Multiple layers of the color ensure the richness of the color. In rooms where people smoke, you might need to implement the third layer as well.

Painting is not something that can be done quickly. You need to work slowly to ensure that the same amount of paint is applied to all areas. Choose a day for this project, and use all the time that is necessary to do it properly.


Turn your Plain Old Backyard into Something New and Extraordinary

Having a garden is a must in a big city because that is the only place where you can go and rest from stress and all other issues of the high-paced life we are all living. Buying a desk and chairs and setting them in the backyard along with a small cheap barbecue set is enough for some people, but others like their gardens filled with little things that make it beautiful. From a row of trees to the compost, the number of ideas that will make your backyard beautiful is long, and here are some simple things you can do to make your backyard more than just a mere piece of land.

Planting trees to create a screen that will hide your yard from the rest of the world is a good way to create a shade and a place where you can relax. Some trees grow up to 2 feet per season, and they grow all year round, and with them, you can create screen of trees in 5 or 6 years.


Maintenance of those trees is a dangerous business, and it should be left to professionals. Companies like one found on www.allaccesstreecare.com take that work to the professional level, and they don’t cost much. Don’t risk injuries when you can hire guys like that.

Building your fire pit is better than buying cheap barbecue set. Before you do anything, check with local authorities about the open flame permit. Then simply dig a hole, use some gravel and rocks along with a metal ring to create the boundary of the pit. If you are making a fire pit, you can make your barbecue stand as well. It might take some time, but it is a task every person, with some spare time, can accomplish.


Every backyard should have flowers because they make it a beautiful place. Instead of planting your flowers directly in the ground you can buy raised beds and plant them there. Cedar beds cost around 20 dollars per piece, so the money isn’t an issue.

Having a fountain in a backyard is a dream of many people. The only reason they haven’t done it is that the task seems intimidating. Garden fountain can be made out of anything, but making it out of some beautiful rocks will raise it to another level. The fountain is simple, and the only problematic thing is the pumping system, but you can hire a plumber to set it down for you.

wooden-compost-bin-singleCompost bins cost a lot of money, which is a funny thing because they can be made without any cost. If you have a big plastic bin (18 gallons, but it can be larger or smaller, it doesn’t matter) you can drill small holes in all directions (they should be at least 2 inches apart) and there you have it, your DIY compost bin.

Many things cost some pretty penny even though they can be made for the tiny amount of money. Before you spend your hard-earned money on this stuff, check an online guide, and see whether you can make it your DIY project.